Caoimhe O’ Carroll is a first year Law and Society student running for the position of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty rep.
O’Carroll is currently class rep for her course and describes the impact of the student’s union as the reason for her campaign.
“I was really struck by how powerful and influential the students’ union is. For example, look at the ‘Save Our Shepherd’ and ‘Stand Up for Nurses’ campaigns. They had such an impact. That’s when I knew I wanted to get involved,” O’Carroll said.
She is hoping to develop better facilities for people who commute to college every day and broaden Erasmus options for Humanities students.
“I cycle to and from college every day. I think there should be better facilities available for commuters, such as kettles or microwaves. It’s annoying having to spend your own income om buying food in the shop or restaurant, when you could simply reheat food from home. Even a cup of tea would save two euro,” she said.
As part of her campaign, O’Carroll wants to broaden Erasmus options for Humanities students.
“There is a massive range of Erasmus options for students in DCU. Per course, especially in the humanities area, it is quite limited. I would like to make more links between courses and expand Erasmus opportunities,” O’Carroll said.
O’Carroll would also like to establish a student union presence for students studying on St.Patrick’s campus.
“The vibes from class rep council meetings is that students on Pats’ feel like they’re not fully engaged with the student’s union, and a little bit detached from everyone,” O’Carroll explained.
“As part of my campaign, I would love to commit to at least a day of study down there so people can see my face and get to know me. I think to approach or be comfortable talking to someone you need to put a face to a name, and not responding to e-mails all the time,” she added.
Voting for the DCUSU elections open from 10am on 5 March to 3pm on 7 March.
Image credit: Caoimhe O’Carroll Facebook